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Research links pesticides with ADHD in children

By Carla K. Johnson
AP Medical Writer / May 17, 2010

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CHICAGO—A new study suggests a possible link between children's attention-deficit disorder and exposure to common pesticides used on fruits and vegetables.

The study found detectable levels of pesticide compounds in the urine of almost all the children studied. The kids with higher levels had increased chances of having ADHD, a common problem that causes students to have trouble in school.

The children may have eaten food treated with pesticides, breathed it in the air or swallowed it in their drinking water. The study didn't determine how they were exposed.

Experts say the research is well done. But more studies will be needed to confirm the connection is more than chance.

The findings appear Monday in the journal Pediatrics.

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